Cetacean Science Explained


Treatment and Prevention of Lyme Disease

Studies novel antibiotic-treatment regimens and immune responses against the bacterium that causes Lyme disease with an aim towards developing improved treatment and prevention options. Also examines methods of eradicating potential environmental bacterial pathogens that may contaminate certain food products and water.

Primary investigator: Charles Pavia, Ph.D.


OMM and Neural Function

Studies the ability of OMM to improve neural function. Projects include examining the effect of OMM on Parkinson's disease symptoms and the progression and recovery from concussions.

Principal Investigator: Sheldon Yao, D.O.


Long Noncoding RNAs in Cardiovascular and Related Disorders

Studies the role of long noncoding RNAs in development of cardiovascular, thyroid and related disorders. These studies are expected to develop novel and clinically relevant strategies in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of this No. 1 globally life-threatening disease burden.

Principal Investigator: Viswanathan Rajagopalan, Ph.D.


Perspectives on Case-Based Learning

Small Groups at a Large Institution, a Mixed Methods Study: Studies the complex, contextualized understanding of small-group problem-based learning at NYITCOM by exploring the perspectives of various stakeholders (e.g., NYITCOM faculty and students) in the first year of implementation of the case-based learning (CBL) curriculum.

Principal Investigator: Leslie Goldstein, Pharm.D.


Brain Development and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms for normal brain development and the establishment of neuronal connections in order to understand neurodevelopmental disorders.

Principal Investigator: Raddy Ramos, Ph.D.


Mastalgia Treatment and The Role for OMT

Studies various aspects of breast health, including mastalgia, breast cancer genetics, and breast cancer screening. Also studies physician beliefs surrounding the conflicting recommendations for breast and cervical cancer screening.

Principal Investigator: Sharon Koehler, M.D.


Vascular Calcification and Atherosclerosis

Studies the pathophysiological effects of vascular calcification in atherosclerosis; using pre-clinical models, examines if vascular calcification should be targeted therapeutically for the reduction of coronary heart disease.

Principal Investigator: Olga V. Savinova, Ph.D.


Association Between Parkinson's Disease and Cancer

Studies risk factors for cancer in Parkinson's Disease patients.

Principal Investigator: Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D.


Histopathological Studies of Human Disease and Medical Education

Studies the chronic inflammatory changes and vessel density in sun exposed and non-sun exposed skin using cadaveric material. Studies the relationship between solar elastosis and chronic inflammation and vessel density in sun-exposed and non-sun-exposed cadavers. Studies the incidence of renal fibrosis in kidneys with other histopathological parameters of chronic renal injury in the elderly. Studies the possible link between primary care medicine choice for residency and mindfulness as a contributing factor.

Principal Investigator: Maria Plummer, M.D.


Kidney Development/Regeneration and the Evolution of Kidney Structure and Function

Studies the basic mechanisms underlying kidney morphogenesis and regeneration. Work focuses on the role of cell migration in kidney development and repair using transgenic zebrafish. Evolution of post-embryonic nephrogenesis in vertebrates, from fish to mammals is also studied.

Principal Investigator: Aleksandr Vasilyev, M.D., Ph.D.